nxesiSunday Tribune reports that South African truck drivers have lambasted state departments for failing to ban illegal foreigners allegedly employed by Durban logistics companies.  

On Friday, drivers attended a meeting arranged by Employment and Labour Minister Thulasi Nxesi in the eThekwini CBD.  Siphesihle Muthwa of the National Truck Drivers Foundation told Nxesi that the inter-ministerial task team set up to look into the matter had met in June, but there was still no solution.  “We have been discussing these issues for the past six years, but still, the government is not willing to come up with the solution.  An employer hiring an illegal truck driver should have his operating licence revoked because he is breaking the law,” Muthwa said.  He went on to ask:  “When the drivers take action, do not blame us.  Why are you afraid of enforcing the law?”  Nxesi replied that he understood their frustrations, but warned drivers to guard against actions which could nullify their grievances.  “I have heard you.  I propose that we select a team which will be represented by every stakeholder including, companies.  We should be furnished with a report every month,” he indicated.  The meeting was attended by SA Transport and Allied Workers Union, Togetherness Amalgamated Workers’ Union of SA and Revolutionary Transport Union of SA, among others.


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